Yung Mazi latest among high-profile hip-hop artists killed in metro Atlanta

Yung Mazi latest among high-profile hip-hop artists killed in metro Atlanta

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  • Yung Mazi was killed as he left Urban Pie pizza in Atlanta’s Kirkwood neighborhood.
  • In recent years, other hip-hop artists have met tragic ends in metro Atlanta.
  • Atlanta rappers Bankroll Fresh and Shawty Lo died in 2016.

Yung Mazi, who was shot and killed Sunday night just yards from the Atlanta Police Department’s Zone 6 station, is the latest hip-hop artist killed in metro Atlanta.

 

Here are a few others who have died in recent years: 

 

Bankroll Fresh, whose birth name is Trentavious White, was shot and killed at the Street Execs recording studio in southwest Atlanta in March 2016. 

Rapper Bankroll Fresh was killed in a March 2016 shooting at Street Execs Studios in northwest Atlanta. (Credit: Facebook)

White, best known for his single “Hot Boy,” was affiliated with another local rapper, 2 Chainz. He was 28 years old.

Jerome Blake, 28, was one of two people shot and killed April 20, 2016, at The Metropolitan, a complex of residential and commercial spaces that takes up a city block at 675 Metropolitan Parkway.

Two people were killed in a April 2016 shooting at The Metropolitan studio in Atlanta. BEN GRAY / BGRAY@AJC.COM

He was an aspiring rapper who knew Bankroll Fresh.

 

Shawty Lo, whose real name was Carlos Walker, was killed in a fiery crash on I-285 in south Fulton County in September.

Shawty Lo, whose real name was Carlos Walker, was killed in a fiery crash on I-285 in south Fulton County in September. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)

Walker, who was known for the hit “Dey Know,” was a member of the Atlanta rap group D4L, who scored a hit with “Laffy Taffy.

He was 40 years old.

Slim Dunkin, whose real name was Mario Hamilton, got into a fight with another rapper about candy and was shot to death at a recording studio on Memorial Drive in December 2011.

Mario Hamilton, also known as Slim Dunkin, was shot on Dec. 16, 2011. Handout

Hamilton, 24, was at the studio to record a video with rapper Gucci Mane. They never finished it.

O.G. Double D, whose real name was James Lewiel, was driving his brand new Maybach on I-20 westbound near the Glenwood Avenue exit in DeKalb County when someone pulled up alongside him and pumped nine bullets into the car’s double-paned windows in April 2013.

DeKalb County Police detectives inspect a black Maybach on I-20 just West of the Glenwood Avenue overpass on Thursday evening April 11, 2013. A man was found shot in the car, which was parked partially in the right travel lane. BEN GRAY / BGRAY@AJC.COM Ben Gray / bgray@ajc.com

Lewiel, 42, was affiliated with the Atlanta-based Freebandz label, founded by the popular rapper Future.

DJ Nando, whose real name is William “Fernando” Barnes, was shot to death after returning to his Clayton County home in January 2014.

DJ Nando and girlfriend Shonté Renee (Credit: Stephanie Moseley)

Barnes, 38, was part of an Atlanta music clique of strip-club DJs known as Coalition DJs, which helped aspiring artists get exposure by playing their music in strip clubs for a fee. The group was featured in a page one Wall Street Journal story.

Some of rap’s biggest names credited Barnes with helping launch their careers.

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